one of the best thing about adventure in the Philippines is we get a variety of recreational activities no matter the season. the bike trail of Maarat Rizal comes best even over a rainy season. the rough muddy trails, i believe is a great add to this particular trail.the only requirement for Travel Factor's new offering is just for one to know how to bike. the rest you learn through the orientation provided by Team BIKEPH. the idea was to treat the bike as a partner. thus the importance of knowing the basics of mountain bikes before hitting the trail.
the orientation covers the basics of mountain biking:- familiarizing the bike parts
- knowing the difference between an ordinary bike and a mountain bike
- changing gear/crank
- proper way of mounting and dismounting a bike
- proper way of stopping and setting down the bike
each participant are the provided the following:
- mountain bike
- the head gear
- mineral water
recommended gears for this activity:
- trail/bike shoes or sandals
- shorts (not too loose)
- arm warmer
the trail began with a warm up swift descend along a paved road with lined pine trees. reminded me so much of Don Salvador Benedicto in Negros. not far and we started to hit the rough road with a slow ascend.
it was a sunny day but the day before this rained hard making portions of the trail slippery but good enough to make the trail exciting. with a mountain bike, even on a descend with a right gear setting, one can actually go fast but safety should be kept in mind.
we had several quick stop after each long run and took the right pacing for each trail. cool air and the shaded secluded trails made it refreshing to move at any pace. one stop even offered a buko juice break.
the great mix of trail types on this route made me love this activity and the province of Rizal. there's just too many to explore. something i'm looking forward as Travel Factor offers more trails soon.
the last part of the trail was this long zigzag road descend to the entrance of Timberland Sports and Nature Club. one can reach to about 60kph over this Maarat-Timberland trail is a biker's haven as we were on trail with other bikers.
|photo above from: www.facebook.com/bikeph|
the Bike Maarat highlights:
- the great mix of trail types of Maarat-Timberland
- the level of the trail is just right. the only requirement is you know how to bike
- the view that comes along with the bike trail
- the company of other bikers
on trail with:
cool radio DJs Chloe and Ingrid of Mellow 94.7 had a great time. they gave two thumbs up to Bike Maarat and definitely wanted to do it again. their favorite part of the trail are the downhill swift and the rocky portions of the trail.
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BIKEPH is a great add to the long list of active and adventure trips Travel Factor is offering. it offers both urban and adventure bike trails. as month comes more bike trails will be added including Ifugao and soon on the Southern areas.
upcoming BIKEPH activites:
Aug 10: Bike Nuvali (Sta Rosa, Laguna)
Aug 11: Bike UP (Diliman, QC)
Aug 25: Bike Maarat (San Mateo, Rizal)
Sep 15: Bike Maarat (San Mateo, Rizal)
Oct 5-6: Bike Ifugao (Banaue, Ifugao)
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